You look around a petrol station and you will see plenty of signs stating to not use your phone whilst refuelling. Is this a real threat or are the fuel stations just being too safe whilst trying to get us off our phones and potentially reducing car accidents?
Phones and car accidents
When a car accident happens if any part sparks it is not uncommon to see the petrol tank explode. Even in small doses, petrol is highly flammable so if you mix together a large amount of fuel in an enclosed space and a high impact collision then explosions are going to happen. These types of car accidents will only involve a maximum of 30 or 40 litres of petrol, but think about what it is like when you are surrounded by hundreds of litres of petrol.
This is what it is like in a petrol station and it is why you cannot smoke, use your phone or keep your engine running whilst refuelling because if the smallest of sparks came out of anywhere it could cause a massive explosion, much worse than a car crash.
Is it reasonable for petrol stations to stop you using your phone whilst refuelling?
The simple answer to this is yes. Any electronic device, whether battery powered or mains powered, has the ability to create a spark and this is all it would take for a petrol station to potentially explode. Imagine one of those car scenes where you see a car crash and it bursts into flames; now multiply that by ten and you still won’t be getting close to a petrol pump blowing up.
If you want to stay safe, don’t use your phone whilst refuelling. However, car accidents can and do happen whilst driving, although luckily not always as explosive as described. If you have been involved in a car collision within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in such cases as car crash claims. With years of experience we will make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible. In fact, many clients are able to settle their claim without stepping foot in court.
To find out more about making a car collision claim speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice